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Freddie Mac’s Outlook for April Giving ‘Mixed Signals’

Real Estate Market

Freddie Mac released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for April, noting that the housing market continues to be "noisy," giving mixed signals heading into Spring. The government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) did offer some specific market projections for the upcoming buying season.

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California Home Sales Jump Higher in March

The California Association of Realtors (CAR) reported 367,000 closed escrow sales of existing single-family detached homes, seasonally adjusted at an annualized rate. March marked the fifth straight month with sales below the 400,000 level, and the eighth month of declining sales on a year-over-year basis.

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Low Inventory Pushes Home Sales Lower, Prices Higher

Short Sales

RE/MAX released its National Housing report for February, which showed that weather and a lack of inventory continued to push homes sales lower and prices higher. Home prices rose 11.6 percent compared to February, 2013. The median price for a home was $180,450, a 4.3 percent increase from the previous month, and continues a streak of 25 months of monthly price increases.

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Midwest Reflects National Cold Weather Woes

Sales of residential homes in the seven-county metro of Chicago followed a pattern similar to January: rising prices, but the pace of sales slow when compared to the same month last year. According to an analysis by RE/MAX, bitter weather and a small inventory of homes for sale were the primary factors causing reduced sales activity.

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February Gains Point to Seller Optimism

Realtor.com released its February Monthly Housing Trend Report, which showed an increase in listing prices as well as an increase of housing inventory. The increase in both list price as well as inventory points to a "strong early beginning to this spring's home buying season," the report said.

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